Steps to help you chose the right windows for your new home
If you have just moved to a new home, you might be thinking about replacing the windows. Perhaps they are old and inefficient or maybe they just aren’t your style? Whatever the reason, choosing windows doesn’t have to be difficult. When it comes to choosing new windows, many homeowners struggle knowing what to go for. With so many brands and styles on the market, it can be hard to know what the best option is to go for. You might be wondering whether you should opt for double or triple glazed windows. Or, maybe you can’t decide on the right brand for your property.
Whatever you are struggling with, try not to worry. To help you choose the perfect windows for your home and budget, we have put together a simple guide, below:
Do you want new or replacement windows?
You might be thinking that new and replacement windows are the same thing, but they’re not. You see, new windows are installed when you decide that you want to change the size and shape of the windows in your home. Replacement windows are installed when you decide that you want new windows of the same size and shape of the old ones.
In terms of price, new windows and replacement windows cost around the same. However, the installation of new windows will be more expensive as it will take more labor to have them fitted. So, the cheaper option is replacement windows, but bare in mind that the difference in price will be slight.
Consider the type of windows that you want
There are four main types of windows; these are; single or double hung, casement windows, awning windows, and slider windows. Each of these types of windows is hung differently and opens differently.
There are pros and cons of each type of window, with each being more popular for use in certain rooms. For instance, most attic conversions and bathrooms have awning windows. Whereas for homes with children in, double hung windows are the most popular choice as they are safest for small children.
Before choosing the types of windows you want, make sure to do research into the pros and cons of each style. Otherwise, you could end up choosing the wrong style?
Choose the type of frame you want
The next step, after deciding on the type of windows you want is to choose what frame you want. There are many options. However, the best three are wood, vinyl, and vinyl-clad frames. These three materials are the best options as they are the most energy efficient options available.
While wooden window frames are stunning and add a certain style to your home, they require a lot of care. If you don’t take proper care of these windows, they can rot, become damp or swell. If you don’t have the time to care for wooden window frames properly, it’s best to go with an alternative option.
Vinyl is a great option as these window frames are low maintenance and last for years, plus they look great. Vinyl is also a great insulator and is affordable, so is ideal for a family home. If you want the low-maintenance that comes with vinyl, but the beauty of wood, vinyl clad windows are ideal. These window frames are wooden inside and vinyl on the outside, so you get the best of both worlds.
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